The World Memory Project has over 1.2 million records on individual victims of the Holocaust from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum archives, and is searchable for free on Ancestry.com.

In fact, the project is so successful, a video of Holocaust survivor Sol Finkelstein viewing a photograph of his father for the fist time in nearly 65-years won the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Award for best storytelling in 2012. YouTube users voted “Yes, that’s my father” as the best of the ten finalists in its category.

The video shows Sol wondering, “Why did I lose my father, after all these years of suffering, and so close to being freed?”

The World Memory Project research found that Sol’s father was liberated on May 4, 1945, but died four days later.

“By building the world’s largest online resource of this information, the World Memory Project will enable more families to discover missing relatives and facts about their past. Every family that lost a loved one deserves to know the truth,” said World Memory Project Director Lisa Pearl.

Watch the touching video for yourself below.

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